Putting Perfectionism to Rest

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Do you recall those days when a paper was handed back to you in school with big red circles or checkmarks on your paper? You did your best, and yet it was not good enough. Or the day you brought your report card home all aglow because you had earned so many A’s. But your parent pointed out, that B could be an A as well. Try as you might, you were never able to please these people in your life. Why? Because they are perfectionists.

Indeed, there is great value in doing things well. However, doing things well is measured differently by different people. To the english grammar teacher, a missed comma deserved a bright red circle and the more particular the teacher, the bigger the circle. To the poet, a missed comma can be a purposeful emotional expression of enhancement.

Over the years, it’s natural to accumulate a plethora of emotional red circles doled out by teachers, parents, siblings, spouses, friends, and finger pointing by people we don’t even know. The more blatant these are from those we love, the more wounding they become. Eventually our decisions become colored by our desire to gain approval rather than being our authentic selves.

In most cases, the “red circle patrol” believe they are being helpful. In some cases they are, for it is through correcting our errors and education that we grow. But as with the comma, one person’s perception of perfection can be another person’s bane. In the environment of school, we expect corrections. Out in the world where we are living freely in our childlike innocence, those corrections can be what stifle our dreams and shut us down.

As a result our self worth goes down the toilet. Our time and energy is spent in attempting to gain other people’s love and approval. For example, if I’m in the store buying clothing. Instead of pleasing my authentic sense of style, I’m concerned how my spouse, daughter, or friends will react to my purchase. As a result, I’ve turned into someone else’s idea of how I should look and act.

Society and government have their own set of rules for what is or isn’t appropriate within the masses. Here, the game of duality has its own set of fear based red circles. Many of those red circles instill anger that gets thrown about like frisbees we either catch and toss back and forth, or have to duck.

Where do the red circle patrol get their ink pens? 
These red pens have been passed down from one generation to the next based on how they have been treated since childhood. They are wounded adults in search of love. In their attempt to perfect you, they are attempting to appear perfect and powerful because they feel unworthy themselves. They too have lost track of their own authentic self and their own self love.

I have had several red flags wave across my psyche these past few days. Perhaps it’s all the planets in retrograde asking for self review. Or perhaps, I have become aware of graduating to a new way of being.

I read a lot. I enjoy reading. With the advent of self publishing, books no longer go through a series of professional editors. As a result, I am constantly running across published errors. As a writer they stick out like a sore thumb and I stumble across the words with my judgement. Once I self published my own books, I realized how easily these errors can slip onto the page no matter how often I self edit.

When a reader contacts me to point out a publishing error, I go into immediate perfection mode. I abort what I am doing and jump to the manuscript to correct what I consider my imperfections. On occasion, I might also become irritated with those who are persistently pointing out flaws.

The last time this happened, I was involved in something far more important than correcting one simple word. Red flags began swishing in front of my face. All the old red circles in my life began to surface. In that moment, I realized the absurdity of my prior overreaction to judgment.

Instead of self judgment, I realized this was brought to my attention so I can gain clarity for what is truly important to ME. I have nothing to prove to anyone else. I have no need to be perfect. Not to others. Nor to a judgmental self.
What I realized in that moment is this:
Every time I engage in judgment (mine or someone else’s) if I stew about it or feel obliged to point it out to another, that judgment is stealing my own self joy. I realize that other’s life choices do not need to fit into my personal perception.

My rule of thumb: If someone asks for guidance, I freely share. Otherwise, how another chooses to live their life is none of my business. I do not appreciate others telling me how to live my life. Nor do I appreciate finger pointing from others. Therefore, I have no business interjecting the same on others because each person is on their own soul path.

I have learned to relax into life, leaving the mental muchacha of judgement behind. I now use discernment. For anything that offers joy in my personal growth, I make a correction and move on. Otherwise, I simply allow it to be.

I have put perfectionism to rest. I honor all the red circles that have created my strong life foundation and I have released those that never resonated with me. I am now experiencing life though the eyes of my GodSelf who knows not of judgment.

I have stepped into expressing as my sovereign and authentic self. For the writer in me, it’s free flow poetry, occasionally making up some of my own new words. For the musician, it’s improv. For the artist, it’s painting outside the lines. And the child in me is delighted!!!

There is so much Joy to be had in life and thereto I pledge ME my troth.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”

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Healing the Primordial Wound of Separation

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So many of us are feeling the desolation of social distancing. How often have you seen a friend across the store, rushed over to give them a hug, and were stopped in your tracks when you noticed the mask on their face, recalling the current rules of social distancing during this pandemic? How often do you yearn to hug an aging parent, or your grandchildren? These are things we have always taken for granted. And our bodies are now calling out for the touch of another.

The effect of this physical separation has many shrouded emotions rising to the surface, feelings from long long ago, threading all the way back to the origin of time. We are experiencing this separation personally while being distanced from our families and friends. We are experiencing sexual separation via the inequality of masculine vs feminine. We are experiencing it collectively as racism is exploding to the surface, human against human. And on the deepest level, we are experiencing the original separation from God. The is the Primordial Wound of Separation.

Origin of Separation

As recorded in the ancient scrolls, the omnipotent omniscient omnipresent God, in order to experience the infinite facets of life, made a decision to divide into what we have come to know as the female and male aspects of Mother/Father God. The original divine plan for the division into masculine and feminine aspects was purposefully created to expand the experience of creative expression. With this division, each aspect of the polarities of yin and yang holds within it the seed of the other as a reminder of our wholeness through all dimensions, throughout all eternity. Therefore, there has never truly been a separation.

The separation that we’ve been experiencing, is an erroneous perception of the separation from God that’s been perpetrated by humanity. At our core, in our heart space, we are all whole and complete. Unfortunately, many religions have taught that as humans we are flawed in our nature causing enormous destruction to the human psyche. The memory of these wounds are carried within us, thus we lost our sense of divinity. As a result, we now live in a world of imbalanced duality in fear of acknowledging our own GodSelf as sovereign creators.

Return of the Rainbow Tribes

On the initial days after the birth of this planet, the dazzling sun shone upon it with a multitude of colors streaming from the original twelve sacred rays of the Primal Creator. Each ray carried its own unique vibration, sound, and color. As they danced together, they whirled and twirled glorious ethereal art and music beyond our imagination. As the energies matured, the elements manifested as fire, water, earth, and air. Nature became the proliferation we’re accustomed to today. Fabulous beings of light walked upon this earth embodying an amalgamation of all the twelve sacred rays.

However, according to the divine plan, as the density of the planet increased, human consciousness decreased. Some of the higher more refined vibrations were no longer sustainable in this dense environment. So one by one, many of these rays disappeared from human perception, but continued to hold their sacred space for the eventual planetary ascension as we progressed through the natural cosmic cycle. As a result, the planet fell into third-dimensional duality and only four primary rays/races remain.

As many of the ancient prophecies predicted, the day would come when all the rainbow tribes would once again reunite and dance together transcending the illusions of separation and duality. These harmonizing vibrations will reunite all twelve sacred rays in a new golden age. Thus, we shall walk together in our diversity and uniqueness on the sacred path of peace across all cultural boundaries, laying down our weapons, living in harmlessness in balance with all beings, and living side by side to enhance life.

This spiral was destined to reverse itself at the appointed time to initiate the integration of all aspects of our GodSelf. The rainbow tribes are gathering once again. It is time to birth the new reality that has been written in the prophecies passed down through eons of time. This is the precipice upon which we now stand as the Universe fully opens to us once again.

The Human Journey

The journey has been a long one, much longer than any of us would have liked it to be. However, this tear in the fabric of the web of the collective coupled with the diminishment of pure Love has always been part of the divine plan as a way to increase our experience of Love. Our separation from Love in the form of duality has been a powerful teaching, for the only way to truly know Love is to separate ourselves from it.

Every being living on the planet at this time has, on some level, made a commitment to live in Love. It may not always appear that way to you, but that is exactly what is taking place. Never judge the expression of Love. As with you, everyone is doing the best they know how. Allow each person to embody his or her own experiences so that all may be touched with this divine radiant energy of Love by anchoring it, playing with it, expanding its physicality, and most of all embodying it. There are infinite experiences and expressions of Love. How matters little, because the end result will be the same. No matter which path is taken the destination is always Love. Duality was simply part of our earth’s cycle: to know love more fully, we chose to experience living without it.

As we bring these dissonant energies back into balance the energies of separation will naturally dissolve and humans will once again remember how to connect with their hearts and intuition. It is time to offer gratitude to everyone in our lives who has reflected our Divinity back to us in both the darkness and the light. For both are necessary for the expansion and evolution of our souls. And may I remind you that the roles of holding the light amidst the darkness have been the most challenging and most deserving of our appreciation. Through eons of life experiences, all these aspects have been expanding our conscious ability to experience and embody the divinity of Love.

This unique lifetime on earth offers an opportunity to expand our consciousness beyond the antiquated ingrained misconceptions, to gather all our expanded aspects into wholeness, and realize the Sovereignty of our Divinity from whence we were originally born. For we all originate from the same infinite Source, birthed as Divine Seeds of Creation to create art and music beyond anything the omniverse has ever experienced before.

“By transcending the illusions of separation and duality,
we walk in harmony on the sacred path of peace, love, and joy.”
~ Black Madonna ~

As the original wound of separation is rising to the surface within each of us, mass consciousness continues to cycle through its play-back via extreme polarities. Attempting to fix what appears to be the problem only exacerbates it. Instead, by finding harmony amidst the flux of duality we find the core of our GodSelf, free of any separation. Herein we find Love for our self with all its human foibles, Love beyond our human bounds for all our brothers and sisters, and Love for all sentient beings. Herein, we find peace with All-That-Is and we rise sovereign and free as creators of a new reality.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Freedom from Trauma

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Everyone has experienced some kind of trauma in their lives whether it be physical or emotional. Often this trauma lives on hidden below the surface of our present consciousness. As it does, it proliferates with each added trauma. Until it becomes so overwhelming it can no longer be contained. All it takes is one fleeting reminder for all of it to detonate and shatter our peaceful world. Life will never be the same once this happens.

There are those who will do whatever it takes to distract themselves from it by adding more busyness to their lives. Or attempt to create a new persona, to disassociate from the person who first experienced the trauma. Others will purposely suppress it by thinking sweet lovely thoughts. Some will go into therapy spending years processing every iota of perceived facts to gain some understanding of it.

As a physical therapist who has worked with victims of trauma, I have seen this energy held in the body, creating dysfunction and disease. As a human, I have tried all of the above, with little success. Unfortunately, these attempts can go on for years and years holding us hostage from a life fully lived, a life free of the suffering and entanglement of past trauma.

What I have come to realize is that trauma will always surface of its own accord at the most appropriate time. We do not need to go digging around in our psyche looking for it. All energy is in search of balance. Its innate design is to surface when we are facing a new potential of expanded consciousness.

By choosing this new potential, the old trauma naturally comes up for release. It doesn’t need our processing, for the mind is adept at creating infinite loops of entanglement. It doesn’t need our coddling, for it will never really feel good. Distraction only works for a short period of time and leaves no space for the new potential to land. Suffering through the memories only creates more suffering and eventual disease.

What I have found that works for me is compassion and forgiveness, for my self and others. I have no need to agree or disagree, because forgiveness is free of judgement. I simply need to allow the release of the emotional energy with ease and grace by surrendering my fear, pain, and trauma to Love. The less attention I give to details, the easier it is released.

Our memories are nothing more than stories created by the mind. As we all know our remembrance of an event often differs from that of another who was also present. So it is with trauma. It is nothing more than a story our mind has created. What we are truly releasing is the emotional energy that has been held within our human bodies. Once we have done that, the stories naturally dissolve for there is nothing to hold them in place anymore.

There is no need to suffer. There is no need to process and dissect. There is no need for remorse. The only thing being asked is love and compassion for self.

I invite you to take a few moments to join me with several deep breaths to allow a calm serenity to flow through your body. With each deep breath there is a release of past trauma with ease and grace. With each deep breath there is more space for new potentials. With each new breath, more joy can surface. With each deep breath there is a new found freedom for a life full lived. Breathe deeply Beloveds, breathe deeply.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Sheltering in “Presence”

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It has been several weeks since the planet has come to a near halt due to the mandates of the corona virus. I find it interesting how the terminology has shifted from “social distancing” to “self-isolating” to “sheltering in place”.

I am feeling yet another shift that I am calling “Sheltering in Presence”. That realization came to me this evening as I noticed the intimacy I am feeling with my own Presence. Do to the mandated isolation, there can be no expectations from anyone outside of our selves. As a result, a spontaneous freedom has allowed that Presence to take precedence in my life. 

I flash back to the first time I experienced my own Divine Presence. It was in the early 1990’s when I experienced a life review via a Near Dear Experience. At the time, there wasn’t anyone in my life with whom I was able to share the experience so all the details slowly faded away. But from that moment on, I had a deep yearning to become the Divine Presence as indescribable as that was to me at the time.

As a result, life as I had known it began to fall apart and a new vision took its place. I was no longer able to sustain the role I was playing in my marriage. I divorced and moved across the country to begin a new life. People began showing up in my life that were more compatible with who I was becoming rather than who I used to be. I drew a spiritual community to me, was employed in a job I loved, and lived in a comfortable home with views of the Olympic mountain range and the Puget Sound. Life was good!

Then one morning a voice in meditation invited me to leave my work, sell everything, and move to Spain. Having made a prior commitment to my spiritual path, I did not hesitate. Within 24 hours of arriving in Spain, the Black Madonna made her presence known in my life. Per her guidance, I set out on the path of discovering my true Divine Presence.

After seven years of traveling with a Black Madonna statue in my backpack without a home base, the day arrived when I was able to create a home for myself once again. During my journeys with Madonna, I had recorded all her messages in a diary and I felt compelled to share my story along with her recorded wisdom. This process of writing allowed me to review, distill, and embody my own soul’s wisdom. With the completion of my book series the “Black Madonna Diaries”, I felt like I had come full circle.

Once again, my life was disrupted. I was guided to move into a small carriage house in the forest on one of the islands in the Puget Sound. Up until now, Madonna had always been a presence in my life, much like having a roommate. Upon moving into the carriage house, she went silent. I was alone with only my own self for company. Up until then my life had been an external one, this quietude initiated an inner journey.

Writing became my most intimate companion as I began conversing with my own soul. Words spontaneously turned into poetry because my words needed space, lots of space, as the wisdom of my own inner voice flowed forth. I began sharing some of these poems on social media because I thought they might instill other people’s own inner wisdom. Interest in my poetry grew with requests to share the poetry in a book. Thus, I began the process of collating hundreds of poems.

What a journey that initiated! Each volume of the poetry series “Wisdom of the Inner Voice” has become my own personal labyrinth of enlightenment by viewing my life from new ever expanding perceptions. Whereas before, I was floating in a cloud of wisdom, by recording these inner passages I am able to ground, fully embody, and integrate them into my life.

In “Etudes of Love”, I fell in love with my Self as my own intimate lover. In “Realizing our Divinity”, I was introduced to my GodSelf. My often foolhardy spiritual process was cataloged in “Labyrinth of Enlightenment”. While “Embodied Transformation” cleared my mental and emotional body, my physical body evolved into a vibrant energy body of well-being. “Consummating our Sovereignty” allowed me to discover, heal, and gather all my unconscious aspects into a whole and sovereign being.

As I am quietly “Sheltering in Presence”, I have come to intimately know and cherish my Divine Presence in a whole new way. Flashing back on my NDE, I realize my prior life review related to all the people and circumstances in my outer world. Whereas, my poetry series “Wisdom of the Inner Voice” has evolved into a life review of my ever expanding inner world.

Each of us has had different life experiences, each with our own unique soul path. Perhaps yours has been more grounded, while others have been more esoteric. It matters not if you have been on a spiritual path or not. Every experience has a spiritual and energetic aspect to it whether we are conscious of it or not.

Right now we are all being given the gift of “Sheltering in Presence”. Not everyone will choose to untie the strings of this gift to unwrap it in this moment, for not everyone is ready to do so. Each soul path has its own divine timing that needs to be honored. So, perhaps the simple awareness of this gift is enough for now, to be tucked away until you feel called to untie the strings.

But if you are being called to fully open your heart and accept this gift, your Divine Presence awaits and will always provide you safe shelter.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Challenges and Gifts of Self Isolation

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I recently saw a meme streaming through my facebook newsfeed that drew my attention. It said. . . “It kinda feels like the earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about what we’ve done.”

Oh how true this feels. Some may consider this demand of “self isolating” as over-reactive craziness or a type of punishment. But I see this as a gift.

Indeed it is a gift that requires unwrapping. The first thing we see is a bright bow on top. There will be no more sitting in boring classrooms or confining offices. Many of our required events are being canceled, freeing us to enjoy some personal time. Something many have not experienced in a very long time.

Of course, there are those who do not have the choice to self isolate, those who are on the front lines. The healthcare teams of doctors, nurses, first responders, aides, and caretakers. Those who are making sure we all have enough to eat and survive, farmers, grocers, truck drivers, mail carriers and, delivery personnel. As well as many others who are quietly working behind the scenes without any acknowledgement. These are the heroes who deserve our support and compassion.

The next phase settles in when we open the box and reality hits. Many are in fear of survival because they have been laid off, without any financial income or medical benefits. How will their families survive? Will their job still exist once this period of isolation draws to a close? How will they pay for the extra expense of child care for those who still need to work? So many questions, so many fears.

Fear too is a gift. It will be experienced much like unpeeling the layers of an onion. We will need to keep going deeper within until we finally “get it”. Until we finally realize our survival is not dependent upon outside forces. Our true survival lies in the realization of our GodSelf, which is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. I’m not referring to a god outside of ourselves, someone out in the heavens who will swoop down and save us. I am referring to our own self-realized GodSelf.

There was another meme that caught my attention. It said . . “Self Isolation, I have been training for this all of my life”.

For most of my life as a triple Aries extrovert, sitting quietly in my own company felt gruesome. There was so much mind chatter it only took a few moments before I became overwhelmed with it all. It was much easier to stay busy. But eventually, all that busyness took a toll on my body, mind and spirit. It was time to make some life changes.

That’s when I awoke to a new way of life. I began spending more time in nature, meditating, and doing the things that make my heart sing. I tossed out the tv, quit reading the newspapers, and focused on my own personal life. New circles of friends began to appear, others who were also interested in living a joyful life. Old friends disappeared once I no longer participated their in empty endeavors.

When I retired from my job as a physical therapist, I began to enjoy my own company to the degree that I spent less and less time out in the world of commerce. I moved to an island living in the forest. I began writing, composing music on my harp and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. After several years of “forest gazing” as a chosen profession, I now enjoy and savor my own company.

But it was not an easy journey. During that quietude, all my inner demons came to visit. Each one demanded my time until I made peace with it. Eventually, compassion and inner peace became my way of live. After self-isolating for this period of time, at first it was difficult to be around others, especially friends and family members who still expected me to be the way I was growing up. But eventually I became so comfortable with my self, I realized all those quirks that bothered me about other people were aspects of my own self judgement. Once I fell in love with ME, judgement of self and others melted away. I now have the ability to be outgoing when I am out and about, but those times have become less frequent.

I return to the meme. . . “Self Isolation, I have been training for this all of my life”.

I have deep compassion for those who are now being forced to experience self isolation amidst the present drama. Indeed, I have trained for this, and it was training! I chose this as my preferred lifestyle. Yes, it has been challenging, but my life is now one of joy, playfulness, wellbeing, and thriving rather than one of demand and empty busyness.

As a proficient and joyful “self isolator” I say to you. Hang in there. Take advantage of this time. Now that you have been relieved of the duties of life, find the things that make your heart sing and make that your new training ground.

Once everyone is set free once again, allow this Gift of Self Isolation and sovereignty to be integrated into a new way of being in the world. In the end, humanity and the world will be a much better place because of it.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Humanity’s Awakening with the Corona Virus

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Last night during dreamtime I was shown the template of the corona virus and all its machinations. As a prior medical student, I was intrigued by what I saw. After observing its composition and how it operates, I’m not surprised it has the scientific community baffled and they are unable to create a vaccine. And if anyone claims they have, it will only be a temporary one because the virus continues to morph at an unprecedented rate. This virus has already morphed several times in response to humanity’s collective consciousness and how humans are responding to it. There have already been a series of upgrades to the human DNA. This is the intel of the recently downloaded codes some people have been consciously experiencing lately. The end result will be a whole new species of human beings.

In the bigger picture, this wave of Awakening was/is a human collective decision because we have reached a tipping point for our evolution. The virus is a result of the upgraded DNA and its job is to clear the toxins and old programing from within the physical body. It is likened to the Ascension flu that many lightworkers have experienced in the past during Awakening. It is not meant to kill. Those who are dying have decided to leave the planet because they do not choose to participate in the new earth that is evolving very quickly. Because it has become a pandemic, it is affecting everyone on the planet. Once it has done its job, it will disappear as quickly as it appeared.

Because everyone has had to withdraw from life as we’ve known it, there is a collective cocooning much like caterpillars (who are voracious consumers) morphing into butterflies (who fly freely with the true nature of life). Once we emerge and reengage, many of our prior foundational and social structures will have collapsed because they are no longer in service to the present day human. It will be necessary for new potentials and new inventive ideas to replace them. Perhaps you are one who is spending your time creating anew while in your cocoon of compulsory “physical distancing”.

This morning I am in awe. I don’t think any of us could have foreseen this coming because it has arisen so quickly. Many lightworkers thought a wave of light would engulf the planet and everyone would Awaken in bliss. But, that is not how our journey of Awakening has been, as those who have already Awakened will attest. Instead, it has been a series of “dark nights with the soul”, which is what the collective humanity is experiencing now with this pandemic, each in their own unique way.

Thankfully, there are a group of humans who have already gone through the process and are able to hold the consciousness of calm and compassion amidst the fear that is sweeping the planet. We are also blessed with the many who are in service in the medical field, those who are attending to those in need while everything is shutting down, and those who are transporting/stocking groceries and necessary supplies. There are also many who are sharing revelations of all the blessings that are occurring around the planet during this time to keep our moral high and our hearts open.

Bravo and loving gratitude to everyone who is in service, each in their own unique way, to maintain as much ease and grace during this time of turmoil. I honor you and I bow to your graciousness, for YOU are the ones wearing the true Crowns during this auspicious time of humanity’s transformation.
(note: corona translation is “crown”)

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Where is your Energy Source?

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Our solar system has entered a new space of photonic light in the universe. Even the scientists are discussing the changes in all the planets surrounding us. There’s a huge debate about global changes here on planet earth. Indeed, this is not only true for the planets, but also for us as humans.

Since experiencing all these intense energies over the past few months, I asked for inner guidance to maintain ease of life. In response, I had a lucid dream demonstrating how energy works.

Energy is neutral, always available to you. It does not fluctuate. Only your body’s reaction to it fluctuates based on the thoughts in your mind. Think of it like the flow of electricity to your home. It is always there on demand. It does not fluctuate with your usage. It’s always present and available in steady flow. It does not deplete based on how much you draw upon it for your lights or appliances. This is the same way Source energy flows. It is always there on demand. It does not fluctuate.

When you withdraw from ALL external energies and remain open to your own Source energy, there is no fluctuation, never more or less. Indeed your physical body will tire with energetic upgrades and need occasional rest. But the major discomfort you have been feeling is from the collective consciousness outside yourself, based on thoughts you have taken on as your own. Thoughts like: the body depletes with age, or incoming planetary energies create ascension symptoms, or you have to suffer through energetic upgrades.

It’s all in the mind, because the energy of the body itself does not feel pain. It’s only the mind that interprets it as such. Once you free yourself from external energies, including the mind’s interpretation, and you only draw upon your own energy Source, your body will find a new balance.

As a result, I have withdrawn into my own sovereign bubble of energy totally disconnected from the collective and all the incoming planetary energies. “Nothing exists without our consciousness”. My conscious focus is only on my internal energy Source. Whenever I feel any discomfort I immediately redirect my focus. This is taking practice, because our habit is to automatically reach out or attempt to manipulate energy. But, the more I practice, the more I am experiencing this new way of flowing with Source energy, as Source energy, as our new norm.

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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The Mind’s Role in our New Reality

Art by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado

From a very young age we’ve been taught to “make a plan” for our lives. From a project or business standpoint that often entails outlines, proposals, and so much more. All before we even begin the project and call in our creativity. 

How often I’ve followed the rules, made the plan, created the outline, and then. . . when I began the creative process it all blew up on my face. Pretty early on I realized I should be calling in my creative self BEFORE making the plan. Thus, things began to flow more easily. 

Until recently when I began publishing my current manuscript. It’s been a HUGE learning curve for me!!!  Adhering to all the template and formatting rules Amazon requires before I push the “Go” button to upload my precious words.  

I spent a full week in KDP University (Amazon’s school of publishing), reading text, watching videos and webinars, making notes, and literally overwhelming my brain. But once I got into the flow, I began enjoying the process of manuscript formatting. 

Next I had to write and include all the “front” and “back” matter. The description, introduction, biography, back cover info, etc, all the stuff your readers want to know about you and the book. 

Sitting down at the computer to write all this “stuff” was the biggest writers block I’ve ever experienced! So I left it and walked away from the computer. During the day, I grabbed whatever was at hand to write things down as the inspiration flowed throughout my daily activities. What I ended up with was a mishmash of e-files, yellow tablets with scribbled phrases, and sticky notes scattered everywhere!!

This morning I finally sat down and created an outline based on Amazon’s requirements. Now all my creative inspiration had a place to land!! The resulting experience was like a magnet effortlessly pulling all those snippets into Divine Order. Instead of writers block and overwhelm it became a joyful dance and fulfillment of my Soul’s passion.

When I finally closed the lid on my laptop with a sumptuous smile on my face I realized I am creating in a whole new way!! 

Instead of engaging the mind and allowing it to strangle my creative flow with a linear plan or outline, I waited to invite it into the process AFTER I had drawn upon all the infinite potentials in my creative field. With all this creative material swirling within my energy field, I was able to call it into divine order with ease and grace. 

As I was lingering in bed this morning I realized I no longer feel a separation between my spiritual self and my human mind. Reviewing the past two weeks since my introduction to publishing, I am experiencing a delightful integration of many aspects of myself. My spiritual self has brought forth abundant words of wisdom. The storyteller in me has written an engaging narrative. My creative self has fashioned lovely book covers. And what I call my Saturn self, is articulate, detail oriented, and an exemplary organizer pulling it all together. Although there are times the publishing process feels tedious my Fae aspect reminds me, this is my my playground and the JOY is always present. 

Thus, the mind’s role in our new reality is finding a new balance with the wisdom of all  the other aspects of ourselves  There is a new found freedom. And JOY is at its core!! 

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com
gratitude Artist Eduardo Rodriguez Calzad

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Dissolution of Creation

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After having already released so much in my life, I am often surprised at what continues to reveal itself in need of letting go. I have let go of homes, people, careers, things, habits, beliefs, old stories, and most importantly old emotional wounds.

Like so many of us, this became an unceasing project of inner work. After years I grew tired of working at it. I realized there must be a more simple way. As a result, I have ceased making my “self” a project and chosen to live life in the present moment as it presents itself. I am delighted to say my life has become much more simple, enjoyable, and free flowing because of the inner work I have done. But more so ,because of my change in perception. Bravo to me and to all of us who are beginning to experience life in a whole new way.

And yet, there are moments when I get one of those palm head slaps of recognition for something formerly unnoticed that creeps in and temporarily throws me off kilter. Often a few deep breaths and I’m back in the flow. Other times the gerbil wheel spins for a few days before I’m able to jump off into the awareness of infinite potentials once again.

I have recently been editing a book I wrote 10 years ago. It’s been sitting in the wings waiting to be published but the impetus to do so has not spurred me to do so. Partly because I wasn’t ready to go public with it, nor did I feel like the world was ready to receive it.

I have thoroughly enjoyed re-reading the words I wrote so many years ago. This book is the story of my journey of awakening via my relationship with the Black Madonna. Most people do not realize the Black Madonna is actually the Womb of Creation. She who reveals herself in so many different aspects such as Mother Mary, Magdalyn, Quan Yin, Isis, Hathor, Gaia, and most importantly Kali (not the most sought after of her aspects).

I have come to revere Kali as one of her most important aspects because she has taught me the most significant lesson about creation. I have finally come to realize the natural flow of life is a constant cycle of birth, dissolution, and rebirth. When we attempt to hold onto to people, things, beliefs, stories, or our old way of being we are stunting the flow of creation. This is what creates the disease and trauma in our lives. Stunted creation!

Nothing is meant to be static. Life continues to flow in constant change, evolution, and creation. Life is continually creating and dissolving.

With this new awareness it allows everything to be new in every moment!!!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com
gratitude for the photo by Louise Klein

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Emergence of the Holy Trinity

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What is the Holy Trinity?
As I was growing up, I was indoctrinated into the Lutheran faith with the teachings of the holy trinity as the father, son and holy ghost. At least once a week we recited the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

For many years I lived by the words, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”

Although Jesus was conceived of Mary, she then bowed out of the picture. There was no further reference to her except at Christmas, when she bowed her head over the manger that held the precious Son. Therefore it was natural for me to believe it is the masculine that creates and controls life.

Jesus then suffered and descended into hell before he was able to ascend, where he now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty judging both the living and the dead. Thus working hard and suffering to be a good human was the name of the game if one wanted to escape hell for everlasting life.

For nearly fifty years I approached life from this masculine orientation of striving, working hard, and pushing through things, all motivated by achievement, success, and the need to be a good human being. My desire to be of service and to live my life’s purpose has been the driving force to be loved and earn my way into heaven.

I never questioned any of this. Until the Black Madonna came into my life and offered a new and different perspective as the Divine Mother, not just the virgin Mary who birthed Jesus, but the Mother who births of all Creation, rather than the Almighty Father maker of heaven and earth.

For years I have utilized a strong masculine expression in order to feel safe in my outer life. When in fact, my inner life, my journaling, and my relationship with my soul have always offered the most wise guidance.

And then the tides changed, luring me to explore the feminine aspects I have been disconnected from to initiate the sacred dance between my inner feminine and masculine to discover how it out-pictures into my world. The more I explored my feminine aspects, the more I realized the inclusivity of the feminine. As a mother, she loves, not just her children, but all life. She doesn’t judge, she has no need to protect. She simply loves all of life. She is the loving Maiden, the nurturing Mother and the wise Crone.

Just as the masculine is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the feminine is the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. With this sacred dance between the masculine and feminine I discovered yet another Holy Trinity . . . the trinity of the I AM, Soul, and the human.

I AM, Soul, Human. . . Father, Son and Holy Ghost. . . Maiden, Mother, Crone.

Once I merged the Holy Trinity within myself, I began to experience life simultaneously from all 3 aspects. I realize they are all interpretations of the same Source, our spark of Existence without beginning without end. Before I could do that, I first needed to become aware of each aspect and the roles they play, free of any judgment. Just simple awareness. Only then could I merge them to live simultaneously, no longer bouncing back and forth between living as the feminine or the masculine, the soul or the human. I wasn’t able to do this by studying or practicing mental concepts. For the mind’s job is to separate, whereas the soul knows no separation. Therefore it is through the perception of the soul that I began to realize the merging of my Holy Trinity as my innate way of being.

How do I know I’m experiencing this way of being?
By those moments of joy or happiness that slip into my day without any particular reason. When I crawl into bed at night with a contented smile on my face in sublime peace. When the rustle of the trees cause my heart to flutter. When that child perched in the cart in line at the grocery store beams me a smile. These are moments of communing with life as my soul, through the physical experience of my human.

This evening as I’m listening to a stream of solo piano music it brings me to tears as I’m communing with the music, totally present in the moment, free of all distractions. Every note moves through my physicality touching my soul, enlivening all of life with this sacred union. I’m feeling so in love, and so loved. Love for my soul, and love from my soul. Love for my I AM and loved by my I AM. I realize how open and allowing I am to receive this Love, how receptive I am to Love, to energy, to the abundance of life.

I am the I AM, the Soul, and the Human. This is the emergence within me as the Holy Trinity, in all its purity. How often we judge our humanness. And yet, it is our humanness that is honored and loved by our soul and our I AM free of any judgment. How blessed I feel to BE in this moment experiencing the sublime joy of my Holy Trinity.

Will this realization remain with me from now on, as if my faerie god mother waved her magic wand? Probably not because my daily life will pull me back into its human concerns. And yet, this realization will never leave me. It’s always available in every moment that I take pause to commune with it. And with practice, I have no doubt this will become my natural way of being.

I leave you with these musings, as I return to listening to my stream of piano music to delight in the pleasure of communing with the sublime joy of my emergence.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com
gratitude to the artist: Lilly Judy Merrell

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